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Mid-term Assessment 11 March 2016Wuhan University – Delft University of TechnologyJoint Research Centre on Spatial InformationPeter van Oosterom and Jianya Gong (Scientific directors of the JRC)

SummaryThis report contains both the result of the mid-term assessment of the Wuhan University – DelftUniversity of Technology, Joint Research Centre (JRC) on Spatial Information and the selfassessment preparation materials. The assessment of the JRC was conduced on 11 March 2016 bythe assessment committee on behalf of the TUD board (vice rector Peter Wieringa) and the JRCAdvisory Board (AB chair Deren Li). The self-assessment input materials illustrate the obtainedresults during the past first three JRC years: increased staff/PhD/MSc student exchanges, variety ofresearch proposals created, submitted and some awarded, jointly developed open source software:a.o. for vario-scale maps, indoor navigation, and satellite data processing software, first doubledegree PhD students started, and a large number of jointly authored scientific publications. The selfassessment materials further describe the JRC plans for the near future: higher numbers of jointlysupervised PhD students, attract more research funding on both sided using JRC strengths, conducteven more joint research and possible education/training, organize next AB-meetings. In additionsome very important opportunities of the JRC are that the National Chinese Ministry of Educationrecognized the JRC status of Wuhan-Delft for the next three years (2016-2018) and the anticipatedchanges in the Dutch educational law (WHW) enhancing international collaborations, and creatingbetter possibilities for double degree MSc programmes, also with non-EU partners.The assessment committee recognized the achievements and appreciated the ambitious future plansof the JRC and stated “We are both satisfied with the work and achievements in the past three years.We are also very optimistic and positive for the future development of JRC.” In addition severalsuggestions for the future strategy were made: try to benefit from the new scholarship policy ofChinese government that can attract more young students and researchers from TUD to come toWuhan University, further reinforce the interaction with the members of the JRC Advisory Board,seriously investigate and consider double degree education on master level, have more professors /researchers from TU Delft visiting Wuhan University, suggest TU Delft to join Wuhan University tobuild a worldwide training network of UN-GGIM (United Nations - Global Geospatial InformationManagement). During the mid-term assessment meeting it was also agreed to make public the selfassessment materials and the actual assessment (this document).2

ContentsSummary . 21. Mid-term Assessment . 52. Background . 73. Part A – The Five Objectives 94. Part B – Facts & Figures 15Appendix 1 – Selection from JRC Wuhan-Delft Wiki Content . 31Appendix 2 – Scope of Cooperation . 35Appendix 3 – Advisory Board Regulations . 47Appendix 4 – JRC Related Presentations . 49Appendix 5 – Presentations and participants 11 March 2016 53Appendix 6 – Double degree PhD agreement 713

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1. Mid-term AssessmentThe assessment of the Wuhan University (WHU) – Delft University of Technology (TUD) JointResearch Centre (JRC) on Spatial Information by the TUD board (vice rector Peter Wieringa) andthe JRC Advisory Board (chair Deren Li) was based on the input of the JRC self-assessment report(part A and B and appendices 1-4) and the presentations at Wuhan University on 11 March 2016 inthe morning (appendix 5).The actual mid-term assessment did take place in a closed session, during the afternoon of 11 March2016, with the following independent assessors present: Peter Wieringa, Deren Li, Krista Knopper(TUD International Strategic Partnerships), Anna Luo (WHU International Office), and Li Zhang(WHU Graduate School). The result of the assessment was presented in the public plenary sessionon 11 March 2016 as delivered by Deren Li, President of the WHU Academic Committee:“We are very glad to tell you that today we had a very nice talk with Prof. Peter Wieringaand his staff. We are both satisfied with the work and achievements in the past three years.We are also very optimistic and positive for the future development of JRC.Based on JRC, many young students are trained well to PhD and master degree. There arealso a lot of cooperative research projects with good results. In the future, we hope that thenew scholarship policy of Chinese government can attract more young students andresearchers from TUD to come to Wuhan University. We also hope that the double degreeeducation on master degree between the two universities can be carried out soon.We exchanged comments from advisory board members of both sides. The development ofJRC counts a lot for both, and they keep very close contacts with the administration team ofJRC. We hope we can get more support from these members for our further cooperation.We also welcome professors and teachers from TUD to come Wuhan University to giveregular lectures, as well as join our international school education, to promote exchangesand communication between scholars and students.More importantly, we cordially invite TUD with us to build a worldwide training networknamed UN-GGIM for young generation in the area of Geospatial Information.Thank you.”5

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2. BackgroundThe planned TU Delft JRC evaluations are intended to reflect on the start-up period of the TU DelftJRC initiatives and to focus on ‘what worked well in specific overseas settings, where do thechallenges lie and/or opportunities for the future, how can the TU Delft support the specificinitiatives to be more successful‘, etc. For the evaluations the (representative of the) TU Delft Boardwill visit the JRC locations in the involved countries during the year 2015-2016. The evaluation ofthe WHU-TUD JRC on Spatial Information (the JRC) will take place in Wuhan on 11 March 2016.The self-assessment report consists of two parts: A and B. The structure is the same for all selfassessment reports by the various JRCs. Part A includes the reflections on the past, the current andthe expected future situation related to the original five objectives of starting TU Delft JRCs:1. Expand and develop academic relations in emerging knowledge economies2. Attract talent from abroad3. Submit proposals to or enter into alliances with funds abroad4. Gain access to state-of-the-art laboratories and new research environments5. Serve as a trailblazer for Dutch business and industryInformation provided for the questions in part A primarily serve as input for the evaluationinterview of the JRC. This is complemented by an up-to-date overview of the JRC fact & figures(Part B).7

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3. Part A – The Five ObjectivesThis part of the self-assessment reflects on the past, the current, and expected future situationrelated to each of the five original objectives of the TU Delft JRC initiatives.1. Expand and develop academic relations in emerging knowledge economiesPAST: the relationship between TU Delft (TUD) and Wuhan University (WHU) has a quite longhistory on spatial information; however the relationship is kept by academic visiting, meetings,student exchanges, case by case.This is explained by the fact that WHU, China is the world largest university in spatial information(geodesy, geomatics, remote sensing, geo-informatics) with an academic staff of more than 350 andvery big student numbers: BSc 3000, MSc 1000, and PhD 500. Also, the quality is world leadingand reflected in scientific journal publications and key positions of their staffs in internationalorganizations. Further, Wuhan University is also the home of the State Key Laboratory ofInformation Engineering in Surveying Mapping and Remote Sensing (LIESMARS), the first oneand the best one in China in this field.PRESENT: the formal status, the efforts, and the additional seed funding, did cause a more intenserelationship with Wuhan University. Very important in the organization of the JRC, is theestablishment of an independent Advisory Board (AB); see Appendix 3. The AB is chaired by prof.Deren Li (Chairman of WHU Academic Committee, member of both the Chinese Academy ofSciences and the Chinese Academy of Engineering) and has representatives from the followingorganizations (3 from both the Chinese and the Dutch side):1)2)3)4)5)6)Xiaohan Liao, Director General, National Remote Sensing Centre of China (NRCC);Pengde Li, Deputy Administrator, National Administration of Surveying, Mapping andGeoinformation of China (NASG);Renzhong Guo, Deputy Director General, Urban Planning and Land ResourceCommission of Shenzhen Municipality;Gert Dral, Board of Directors, Grontmij;Kees de Zeeuw, Director, Kadaster International;Mart van Bracht, Director, Netherlands Organisation for Applied Scientific ResearchTNO.The support of TU Delft, Valorization Centre in the person of Cees Timmers was very important. Inthe past Cees was already the link to the CSC PhD students, but in the JRC he became theoperational coordinator. He acted more as a strategic advisor, rather than a coordinator (and with hisretirement approaching this is a point of attention). The top-level support of the JRC by theUniversity Boards is another element of the success of the JRC. A rough estimation is that duringthe run of the JRC, the collaborative activities were more or less doubled, compared to the period ofcollaboration before the JRC.FUTURE: the JRC should consolidate to a mature and stable organization. Important is tofind/attract a successor of Cees Timmers, as TU Delft operational coordinator. One of the maingoals for the near future is to increase the number of projects in which there is true cooperation, thatis, staff members of both organizations involved. This will further deepen the academic relationsbetween TU Delft and WHU. Of course, first of all joint projects with the existing, active JRCpartners, but also the start of joint research with new partners (from within WHU or from a wider9

circle; e.g. in collaboration with researchers from AB-member organizations) should be explored.The JRC did get national Chinese recognition by the Ministry of Education (MOE) on 16 October2015. This has big implications for the JRC, as the academic ambition level is further raised. Thenew national status of the JRC is for three years (1 Jan. 2016-31 Dec. 2018) and on the axis Wuhan– Delft, both sides are expected to fulfill the role of international hub’s. For Wuhan this impliesattracting talents from China and South-East Asia (Thailand, Malaysia, India, Singapore, Korea andJapan), and for Delft this area is the whole EU (and beyond). An important goal is that talentedscholars will spend longer periods (2-3 months or longer) in Wuhan. Further, international studentexchange gets a high(er) priority, both at the MSc and the PhD level. Activities related to the futureUN-GGIM (United Nations Committee of Experts on Global Geospatial Information Management)Academic Network fits within the raised ambition level.The JRC WHU-TUD Advisory Board (and friends), after their first meeting on 21 January 2013(Wuhan, China)10

2. Attract talent from abroadPAST: via ‘ad hoc contacts’, the decade before the formal start of the JRC, there was a semi-regularflow of CSC PhD students, visiting postdoc and professors. From TU Delft, prof. Teunissen hasbeen teaching in Wuhan University since the late 1990's, and prof. Hanssen is teaching in Wuhansince 2010. Teunissen is honorary professor at Wuhan, and Hanssen is guest professor since 2011.Prof. Liao Mingsheng visited Delft in 2014 and expects to return in 2016 for a sabbatical. Thenature of the visits was for a limited time ranging from a couple of months for visiting scholars andup to 4 years in case of a PhD. Some PhD candidates from Wuhan returned to China after theirgraduation in Delft, while others stayed in the Netherlands and found high ranking positions, e.g. inFugro (Xianglin Liu) and Shell (Shizhuo Liu).PRESENT: the JRC has caused increased visibility (thanks to the JRC marketing). At the TU Delftside, the JRC is in close collaboration with the University Corporate Office (UD,Universiteitsdiensten) and also the TU Delft Valorisation Centre (Cees Timmers as operationalcoordinator) is heavily involved. Another example is the efforts to enable the dual degree PhDagreement (GS, Legal Services). This makes the JRC and the double degree PhD, a very attractiveoption for PhD candidates. It is expected that in the near future – when the double degree PhDregistration/agreement has been signed – this will further attract young talent. Positive experiencewas also obtained with various MSc student activities: the TU Delft MSc Geomatics SynthesisProject conducted in Wuhan in 2013, but also some individual student exchange arrangements (aspart of their regular course work or their MSc thesis research). In addition to the PhD doubleprogramme, also a double degree MSc programme (Geomatics) has been considered. However,given the high fees for Chinese students to study in Delft (and the low/no fees for Dutch students inWuhan) this was considered not feasible and/or fair. Together with Delft collaborators, Wu Wenhaois working on software development for satellite data processing. He visited TU Delft for 4 monthsin 2015 to collaborate and exchange ideas.FUTURE: given the fact that the Dutch educational law (WHW) is expected to change in the nearfuture with the goal to further enhance international collaborations, this makes the double degreeMSc programme a more feasible option to be explore further. As there are very tight relationsbetween research and education, both activities will be benefit. This will enable spotting andattracting talent even earlier (and let them participate in research via MSc thesis topics or otherresearch education projects). For this an agreement at university level should be made, whichshould now be possible within the near future in Dutch educational law (WHW); e.g. students onlypay fees in their own country. In addition, the new National Chinese MOE status of the JRC is alsoexpected to attract more talents from China, South-East Asia, and Europe based on the hub-functionof the Wuhan-Delft axis.11

3. Submit proposals to or enter into alliances with funds abroadPAST: a limited of joint proposals have been submitted in the past. Despite this fact, there has beenquite a bit of research collaboration and visits, due to the fact that both WHU and TU Delft did havetheir own relevant project proposals funded and on-going.PRESENT: a large number of joint research proposals have now been described (up to a certainlevel of detail); see facts & figures question 16. Out of these 11 topics, 4 proposals have beencompleted and submitted: ‘Integrated Urban Intelligent Management Technology and itsApplications based on 3D GeoInformatics’, ‘Unification of World Height Datum’, ‘Geo Big DataGeneralization and Visualization’, and 'High-precision positioning for SAR interferometry'. The lastproject was funded for a 4 year PhD program (Mengshi Yang). The other proposals were not yetfunded, but hopefully revised versions of these proposals will receive funding in 2016. Though nottruly a joint WHU-TUD project, the recently approved proposal ‘Vario-scale representation ofShenzhen maps’ by Martijn Meijers gets quite close to it. It was submitted early 2015 to the openproject call of the Key Laboratory of Urban Land and Resources Monitoring and Simulation,Ministry of Land and Resources (located in Shenzhen, by Renzhong Guo, JRC AB-member). Thevario-scale proposal (based on knowledge patented by TU Delft) was approved and funded with180,000 RMB. The contracting is still on-going and this is an interesting case, because moneyshould be transferred from China to TU Delft (as work will be conducted mainly in Delft). Thesupport of the University Corporate Office (UD, Universiteitsdiensten) is very important here, againvia the efforts of the Valorization Centre (Cees Timmers).FUTURE: the first joint project is now awarded. Some of the other (new and revised) proposalsshould be developed to mature level to be submitted to funding organizations. Continuousmaintenance of a joint research agenda is needed for this purpose. In addition to jointly submittedproposals, also proposal submitted by one partner, but involving the other partner (via visits, doubledegree PhD, etc.) is an effective collaboration model as both partners have a good track record inthe area of writing research proposal that are funded and with the additional asset of the JRC (aworld class partner), the future research proposals should become even stronger. Besides WHU andTU Delft, also the Advisory Board may provide input here. A more tight collaboration with some(Dutch) Advisory Board members (Kadaster, Grontmij, TNO) is targeted. Also non-AB, but Dutch,organizations could be involved in future JRC research; e.g. Fugro (http://www.fugro.com/) orCycloMedia (http://www.cyclomedia.com/en/). The collaboration with the other Chinese ABmembers could develop further; e.g. with the National Remote Sensing Centre of China (NRCC)and with the National Administration of Surveying, Mapping and Geoinformation of China(NASG). And in a similar manner, this could also be extended beyond current Chinese ABmembers. Finally, the new National Chinese MOE status of the JRC also brings additional fundingfor research on the Wuhan-Delft axis.12

4. Gain access to state-of-the-art laboratories and new research environmentsPAST: via more ad hoc contacts in the times before the JRC, we were aware of the various facilitiesand data sets in China (Wuhan). However, the use of these facilities was very limited (and oftenindirect, i.e. via Wuhan University staff).PRESENT: due to the JRC collaboration we now have more direct access to facilities and data,which is very helpful in our TU Delft research. A few examples will now be mentioned. 3DCadastre has been a research topic at TU Delft for a long time. However, in the Netherlands (andmany other European countries) it remains in the research phase. In China various cities, supportedby Wuhan University, have taken steps towards actual implementation in practice. This gives newinsights, but also new research challenges; e.g. usability of 3D cadastre. China has been, still is, andplans to launch a large number of satellites for various purposes: positioning, earth observation,communication, etc. Partnering with WHU, gives TU Delft excellent access to these rapidlydeveloping resources.The indoor localization and navigation solutions developed by WHU could be used by our TU Delftstudents for their MSc Geomatics Synthesis Project. TU Delft MSc thesis student Kaixuan Zhouvisited Wuhan for his MSc research and used the Wuhan point cloud data processing facilities andexpertise. Through prof. Hanssen's guest professorship, there is a close connection to the facilitiesof Wuhan's GNSS data center, leading to the development of joint software tools for satellite dataprocessing.FUTURE: WHU and TU Delft will collaborate in a joint ESA-MOST funded project on highperformance computing in satellite data processing, leading to the use of each others highperformance computing facilities. The reuse of each other facilities will grow further (among othersby double degree PhD students). We should realize that it should work in both directions. So, alsoWuhan staffs and students should be able to benefit from facilities in Delft and vice versa. In the farfuture, and depending on the size of funded (joint) projects, Wuhan and Delft should decide on, anddesign together research facilities.5. Serve as a trailblazer for Dutch business and industryPAST: not really applicable in the past.PRESENT: the relationship with Dutch business and industry has been reinforced due to the JRC(and the related Advisory Board activities). These activities are not per se always focused onWuhan, China, but sometimes also broader; e.g. collaboration with Kadaster International in variousactivities (3D Cadastre Pilot in the Russian Federation, development of the Land Administrationprototype based on ISO 19152 in Colombia) or participating in the ‘Kennis Positie Audit’ of TNO’sEarth Cluster. Fugro is benefitting from the close collaboration with Wuhan, and Dutch SMEs (suchas SkyGeo) recruit staff from Wuhan alumni.FUTURE: it is very likely that our current (and future) partners will also experience the positiveeffects of the JRC. Of course, this applies to the AB-member organizations, but quite likely also toour other partners; Fugro (this is already the case), CycloMedia, etc.13

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4. Part B – Facts & Figures1. Name and physical location Wuhan University-TU Delft JRC (contact details)State Key Laboratory of Information Engineering in Surveying Mapping and Remote Sensing(LIESMARS), Information Science Campus, Wuhan University, 129 Luoyu Road, Wuhan, China.Birds eye view of a part of the Wuhan University campus2. Principle academic partner and/or organization overseasWuhan University, with the following schools, institutes:1)State Key Laboratory of Information Engineering in Surveying Mapping and RemoteSensing (LIESMARS);2)School of Resource and Environmental Science;3)School of Remote Sensing and Information Engineering;4)School of Geodesy and Geomatics;5)GNSS Research Centre;6)School of Urban Design.3. Length of existing relationships with above mentioned partnerFor a period of more than 15 years the various geo-groups have been collaborating. Before theofficial formation of the JRC November 2012, this was more or less at ‘ad hoc’ level (e.g. CSCPhD’s, postdocs, 2000 honorary prof. Peter Teunissen, Tinghua Ai first Wuhan visiting professor atTUD, GIS technology, MoU 2006 Physical Geodesy, 2012 guest prof. Ramon Hanssen, ).15

4. Additional academic partners and/or organizations in the Netherlands or overseas, if anyThe JRC has an advisory board, consisting of a mix of industry, government and researchorganizations (See Appendix 3). The members are:1)2)3)4)5)6)Xiaohan Liao, Director General, National Remote Sensing Centre of China (NRCC);Pengde Li, Deputy Administrator, National Administration of Surveying, Mapping andGeoinformation of China (NASG);Renzhong Guo, Deputy Director General, Urban Planning and Land ResourceCommission of Shenzhen Municipality;Gert Dral, Board of Directors, Grontmij;Kees de Zeeuw, Director, Kadaster International;Mart van Bracht, Director, Netherlands Organisation for Applied Scientific ResearchTNO.5. Are there any legal and/or governance aspects, see points below, that play a crucial role orneed to be thought of or resolved(Compliance with Dutch Law (WHW, including financial regulations, etc.), Compliance withforeign law, Legal form of cooperation (contract, legal entity, joint venture, etc.),Liability/risks/insurance, Fiscal aspects/requirements, Profile/reputation, Governance structure,Appointment scientific and operational coordinator on both sides)Projects (and involved staffs, postdocs, PhDs) are funded at own side, so there exists no flow ofmoney from China to the Netherlands and v.v. In (near) future this might change, and this issueneeds to be resolved.The double degree PhD regulations have been agreed upon by Wuhan University (Jianya Gong) andTU Delft (Karel Luyben) during the August 2014 workshop in Delft. First double degree PhDstudents have started (see question 24 below).Discussing future plans during the 2014 JRC Workshop in Delft.16

The double degree MSc programme has not started, because it is not realistic for most Chinesestudents to pay the fees at TU Delft (and Wuhan is asking no fees from their side). As suggested bythe initiator of the JRCs and former TU Delft President Dirk Jan van den Berg an option could be tomake an agreement between both universities not asking fees from students from the counterpartuniversity. As indicated in Part A of this document, the Dutch educational law (WHW) is expectedto change in the near future and allowing the university boards to decide on their fees. This mightalso make the double degree MSc programme a more feasible option. Normally a MSc programmetakes 2 years to complete at a single location. A double degree MSc programme would take 3 years(of which 1 year will be spent at the other location). Wuhan University has experience with a doubledegree MSc programme with TU Munich (no fees involved).6. Details of JRC Academic Directors at TU DelftProf. Peter van OosteromTU Delft, Faculty of Architecture and the Built [email protected] Details of JRC Academic Directors overseasProf. Jianya GongDirector [email protected] Details of JRC Operational Coordinator at TU DelftCees TimmersTU Delft, Valorization [email protected] M. FendelTU Delft, Faculty of Architecture and the Built [email protected] Details of JRC Operational Coordinator/Director overseasProf, Huayi [email protected] Details JRC Overseas office/support staff (name & position) if relevantMs. Lite ShiLIESMARS, international [email protected]

11. Funding of the TU Delft Executive Board receivedPeriod of funding: 3-year seed funding (2012-2015): total 252.00012. Funding matched by the foreign partnerYes, WHU provides the same amount in the same period of funding: 3-year seed funding (20122015): total 1.800.000 RMB.13. Budget holder(s); who is responsible for the Budget and/or has a mandate to spend; up towhat maximum amounts (signatures)Prof. Peter van Oosterom14. List targeted research funds and/or government funding agencies in the Netherlands,Europe and overseasMore details in Appendix 2, a short extract here:Netherlands/Europe1) Vidi NWO STW2) OTP (Open Technology Programme) STW3) Collaboration with Dutch Kadaster4) Bsik NGInfra5) Data policy for the Dutch Ministry of Infrastructure and Environment (Rijkswaterstaat)6) Data policy for Dutch Utilities, Alliander7) Open Program of NWO8) China/NL Joint Scientific Thematic Research Programme (NWO)9) Shell, PhD funding10) CATO-2, PhD funding11) FP7 project ELF (European Location Framework)12) European Space Agency, Dragon programChina1) National Natural Science Foundation of China2) Fundamental Research Funds for the Central Universities of China3) National Special Fund for Land Resource Scientific Research in the Public Interest4) Shenzhen Municipal Project5) CSC funding6) Key 863 project7) 973 project8) Technology Support Program9) Dragon-3 project10) 111 project15. Which additional local and global research funds/organizations could/will be investigatedand approachedMore emphasis could be put on European calls (in the H2020 context).Also the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW) call offers opportunities:18

China Exchange Programme (CEP).In China new opportunities are the open project calls of the Key Laboratory of Urban Land andResources Monitoring and Simulation, Ministry of Land and Resources (located in Shenzhen, byRenzhong Guo, JRC AB-member). The national status awarded for three years (2016-2018) by theChinese MOE of the JRC should further increase the research funding opportunities.Special Note: the research funding system is restructured in China from 2016, and will have aleap on funding international collaborative activities.16. List number of submitted or to be submitted research proposalsInclude partners and organizations/funds involved in the Netherlands and/or abroadÓ Various joint research proposals prepared, one of which was submitted in 2013 to MoST:Integrated Urban Intelligent Management Technology and its Applications based on 3DGeoInformatics’ (after positive evaluation in 2014, now on MoST waiting list).Ó Research proposal 'Unification of World Height Datum' to the National Science Foundationof China (NSFC) by Prof. Dr. WenBin Shen (School of Geodesy and Geomatics, WHU) andProf. Dr.-Ing. habil. Roland Klees (GRS, TUD): China, 3.6 million yuan RMB from NSFC.Ó Research proposal 'Geo Big Data Generalization and Visualization' to the National ScienceFoundation of China (NSFC) by Dr. Jingzhong Li/ Prof. Dr. Tinghua Ai/ Dr. Xiang Zhang(School of Resource and Environmental Sciences, WHU) and Prof. dr.ir. Peter van Oosterom(GISt, TUD): China, 3 million yuan RMB from NSFC.Ó Research proposal: 'Near-Real-Time InSAR data processing' to the Ministery of Science andTechnology (MOST) and the European Space Agency (ESA), by Profs. Deren Li, LiaoMingsheng, (WHU) and prof. Ramon Hanssen (TUD).In total 11 research topics/draft proposals were prepared and presented during the August 2014workshop (topics 3 and 10 have been submitted):GRS-Physical and Space Geodesy presented by Qile Zhao.1. Direct use of GNSS phase and code measurements of LEOs to estimate the Earth’s gravityIndividual research project 1 (TU Delft – GNSS research centre) Keywords: kinematic accelerations from line-of-sight velocities; stochastic modelling;acceleration approach; kinematic satellite orbits; added value of high-precision intersatellite ranging. Visiting PhD student (1 year); starting late 2014!! Funding: JRC. PIs: Qile Zhao, Roland Klees.2. Improved methodology for monitoring the time-varying gravity field using data ofGRACE/GRACE-FO & SWARM satellitesIndividual research project 2 (TU Delft – GNSS research centre SGG) Keywords: refined data processing methodology (LOS velocities and accelerations, apriori along-track filtering; space-localizing parameterization); combination of GRACEand SWARM baseline data; application to ice mass balance and river-basin scalehydrology PhD double degree stu

(TUD International Strategic Partnerships), Anna Luo (WHU International Office), and Li Zhang (WHU Graduate School). The result of the assessment was presented in the public plenary session on 11 March 2016 as delivered by Deren Li,